The top-seeded Eugene boys basketball team looked the part last night against Boonville in the opening round of the Class 3 District 8 Tournament at Blair Oaks High School.
Although Boonville entered the game as the No. 8 seed, many felt the Pirates would give Eugene a good game based on their schedule during the regular season.
However, the game last night was anything but close as Eugene jumped out to a 55-31 halftime lead and put it on cruise the rest of the way for a convincing 83-50 victory.
While the Pirates closed out the season at 4-19 overall, head coach Scott Floyd said Eugene was a very tough draw in the first round of district.
“They have an extremely good point guard along with several good three-point shooters,” Floyd said. “Eugene hit four three-point bombs in the first quarter to take the commanding lead. Eugene was also able to score off turnovers and transition to lead the entire game. They score in flurries and they make it hard to keep up with them offensively. I thought their press wore us down as the game went on. We also had trouble rebounding at times which allowed them second chance points throughout the contest.
“Despite our record, I thought our young and inexperienced team battled the entire year along with improvement throughout the season. The kids were a joy to coach. We have all but one player back, so with the varsity experience our kids gained this year I look forward to improving as a team as we move forward to next season.”
The Pirates, who finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line, had a chance early on against Eugene while trailing by just 10 (10-8) at the 4:00 mark.
However it was pretty much all Eugene after that as the Eagles came back and reeled off 10 straight to push the lead to 20-8.
Eugene also lit it up behind the three-point arc in the first quarter with four threes.
The one bright spot in the first period for Boonville was the play of sophomore Tavious Brazil, who had 10 of the team’s 12 points.
Nonetheless, the Eagles dominated Boonville in every facet of the game and put together runs of seven, six and six points to outscore the Pirates 28-19 to lead at the half 55-31.
The second half was pretty much a carbon copy of the first half as Eugene came out and scored the game’s first 14 points to increase the lead to 39 at 70-31.
The Eagles then hit the 40 and over mark with 1:31 left in the period on a three by senior Drew Geritz to make it 76-35.
Eugene also outscored Boonville 22-6 in the third to extend the lead to 77-37.
Meanwhile, with a running clock to start the final period, Boonville rallied back with a 13-6 advantage to cut the lead back to 33.
Cody Shaw led three players in double figures for Eugene with 18 points while Travis Kempker added 16 and Chris Massman 12.
For Boonville, Tavious Brazil and Tyler Peterson each had 18 points. Brazil also grabbed nine rebounds while Peterson had five rebounds and three assists.
Clayton Lang finished the game with four points, three rebounds and one assist while Riley Lang added four points and one assist, Alec Viertel also with four points, Josh Judd with two points, three assists and one rebound, Bryce Fuemmeler with five assists, Jady Reese with three rebounds and Alec Adair, Dalton Hodge and Nick Zeitlow each with one rebound.
In other games last night in the tournament, No. 2 Versailles beat No. 7 Southern Boone 59-50 while No. 3 Blair Oaks defeated No. 6 Centralia 72-60. No. 4 California also won over No. 5 Hallsville in three overtimes by a score of 68-66.